“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I fully believe in that statement above. I believe that by practicing gratitude, a positive attitude and making the best out of every situation, no matter what it is, that our lives have the potential to be nothing less than amazing!
We have lived in our early 1900’s farm house for 4 years exactly this week! In the four years here, I had not yet taken the time to set up a home office. I have spent the past few years, however battling Lyme Disease + co infections, so my healing has taken most of my attention. This past week, I felt extremely motivated and inspired to dig back in to my passion, regardless how I am feeling health-wise or whether or not my pain is intense, I will push through it . I do not want to allow an illness to take me down, to discourage me, hold me back, and most of all define me. I am not my illness, it does not own me, I will heal, I am healing, and I will continue moving forward into Gods amazing plan for my life!
On Sunday, I had a little buzz in my heart to turn the porch into a home office, where I will have the space to write about my latest DIY projects, where I can create, dream, set goals, smash goals and inspire all of you from in the comfort of my own home! The porch has always been, ‘the dogs room’, because no one else wanted to use it, since it wasn’t exactly the most inspiring and fun place to hang out in with it’s old floral basket wallpaper. It is time. Time to change all of that!
With a little bit of money, and a whole lot of motivation, I headed into Menard’s to purchase porch floor paint and stain for a desk.
All day Sunday I worked on painting over the old floor tiles with porch paint. This is a temporary fix until our budget allows for us to redo the flooring. My daughter, Camryn picked out the Icy Mint color. We chose to use Dutchboy’s skid resistant porch and floor paint in ‘Minted Ice / 16WW’. Keep in mind this is a very budget friendly makeover, it wasn’t planned and as time and money allows, more improvements to the area will be made! (Like windows, flooring, new doors, comfortable desk seating:) , etc)
Okay, so you’ve made it through my little intro story and are now probably wondering where the photos are! So let’s get to it!
Here is what our little front porch looked like before, as it was when we moved in.
Not that inspiring or relaxing of a space, is it?
Yesterday, also known as Monday, I spent 8 hours straight working on the the porch. I did not run to town and spend any more money to decorate and put it together, I simply just shopped my own home, and below is what I came up with!
Most of the maps that you see on the walls,were my Grandparents, that I got after my Grandpas passing, some maps even had their routes circled & car trouble notes:) , the desk is made from 2 bookshelves my dad built when I was a child, my Grandpas old ladder & a piece of $13 wood from Menard’s with Minwax classic grey stain, that my daughter also picked out.
The silhouettes in the corner, are my Grandmother’s, as well as the flower frogs which I am now using for pen storage on the desk. The little rocks on the window sills are heart shaped rocks that were curated from along the shores of Lake Superior, from my mother, my sister and some that I found also.
The sweet house drawing that is placed on top of the US map is painted by my daughter Camryn.
I could go on and on about all of the little details. There is family , heart and soul tucked all over the space and I am beyond excited to start creating in this area! I look forward to the wonderful words, ideas, conversations and inspiration that happen here!
About 95% of the items that I used to complete this project were items that we already had around the house & outbuildings & I gathered today to use & decorate. When decorating a space- shop your own home & other rooms first, before you head out and spend money! You will be surprised at what you can come up with!
As a reminder, here is what the porch looked like, before:
Here it is now. I hope you see the love, effort and creativity that I jammed into this small little area!
Well, my friends, there it is! What do you think? Not bad for throwing it together in less than 24 hours right!? I am so excited to finally have a work space in our home! Leave a comment below on your thoughts, I would love to hear your what you have to say!
Wait! Before you go, let’s connect! Did you know that you can also find me over on Instagram @endlessacresfarmtiques & kellymwhitman , and also on Facebook for more DIY inspiration?! I hope to see you over there!
Have an awesome & blessed day!